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Wendy Maylam, Mike Trim, Natalie Winchester and Barnaby the St Mary’s bear braved heights of 100 metres to complete the abseil. They were raising money for the new Design and Print Centre which will be opening at St Mary’s in the new term.

The tower which is 170 metres high is on the waterfront in Portsmouth is taller than the London Eye and Big Ben.

After a comprehensive training session the three intrepid adventurers (and Barnaby, attached to Wendy’s harness) climbed out on a ledge 100 meters above sea level to begin their descent down the tower. It was a beautiful day and the views were magnificent, not that Wendy had time to enjoy the view, she said “it was so high up, all I wanted to do once getting out on to the ledge was get to the bottom as quickly as possible” “It was a once in a lifetime experience, one which I would not like to repeat”.

“We have raised over £400.00 for the Design and Print centre at St Marys and are pleased to be able to contribute some money so that the Students can run the studio and learn vital work experience skills to put them in good stead for when they leave the school”.

There is still time to sponsor them here -